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The Everly Brothers: 12 Essential Tracks

Look back at Phil Everly's beautiful career in a playlist of his key work

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"Bye Bye Love" (1957)

"Bye Bye Love" had been rejected by 30 acts when songwriter Boudleaux Bryant played it for the Everlys, who had recently signed to Cadence Records in Nashville. Their recording was soon a Number Two pop hit and Number One country hit.  "Archie Bleyer [owner of Cadence, the Everly Brothers' label] was down from New York, and he wanted to know what the kids hoped to get out of the whole thing," Wesley Rose, the group's music publisher and manager, told Rolling Stone in 1986. "Don said, 'We're hoping the record does good enough so I can buy a new case for my guitar.' He did better than a new case for his guitar." 

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